Surface section

Surface section

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network, covering 110km of track and 29 stations from Reading in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

Its work will integrate Crossrail with the national rail network, delivering more frequent trains into central London from the east and west.  Network Rail will do all of this on an active operational railway, delivering vital upgrade works whilst minimising disruption to train services.

  • Step free access - there will be step-free access at all the stations on the route
  • Longer trains, more passengers - platform extensions will allow longer, higher capacity trains to be used
  • London links - when it opens from 2018, Crossrail will provide new transport links with the Tube, Thameslink, National Rail, DLR and London Overground

Stations will be upgraded to requirements set by the Department for Transport and Transport for London and overseen by Crossrail.

Within the central section, work has already begun on the Crossrail links with existing Network Rail stations at Paddington and Farringdon.

For further information about the Network Rail programme of works visit our western section, north-east section and south-east section pages.

You can also visit the Network Rail website for further information about the Crossrail works.

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40 Stations Connected

Building the new railway involves constructing eight new stations in central London and Docklands and upgrading many existing stations. Stretching from Reading and Heathrow in the west, across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, the new railway will cover over 100km of track including 21km of new twin-bore rail tunnel.